February 17: 1-68

Serious moves being made in both directions as we hit mid-February.  Just over three weeks until Selection Sunday, AND 12 DAYS UNTIL MARCH, let’s see where we stand.

RISING

Duke – Ugh.  Kennard’s been great all year.  Now, Tripper and Tatum are getting into the act.  They’re good…and it sucks.

Arkansas – Somehow lost at Missouri, but when you pick up a road win against a Top 25 team (S. Carolina), you get back into the projected field.

Michigan – Three straight quality wins over Sparty, IU and Wisconsin have the Wolverines solidly in the field right now.

Clemson – Yeah, they’re only 14-11 and a dismal 4-9 in the ACC.  But, they are also 5-8 against the Top 50, and 9-10 against the Top 100.  Let’s compare resumes.

  • 2017 Clemson:  14-11, SOS (24), NSOS (125), Top 50 (5-8), Top 100 (9-10)
  • 2016 Syracuse:  19-13, SOS (39), NSOS (122), Top 50 (5-6), Top 100 (8-10)

Pretty similar, right?

Providence – The Friars now have 8 Top 100 wins after consecutive home Ws over Butler and Xavier.  They have put themselves in position to sneak into the tourney.

FALLING

Virginia – I had the Cavs as a 2 last weekend.  Losses to Duke and VT are not horrible, but their overall resume is closer to ND than it is to Louisville…who they beat twice.

Xavier – Injuries to Sumner and Bluiett have led to two straight losses.  While Bluiett should be back, Sumner will not.  The committee will take that into account.

Kansas State – Lost 6 of 7, with a win at Baylor sandwiched between three game losing streaks.  Only 3 Top 100 and 5 Top 150 wins, with a very poor SOS.  They have a very similar resume to Michigan last year, who was part of the last four in.

  • 2017 KSU:  SOS (38), NSOS (254), Top 50 (3-9), Top 100 (3-10)
  • 2016 Mich:  SOS (45), NSOS (203), Top 50 (4-11), Top 100 (4-12)

They’ll still need to pick up some wins down the stretch, as Michigan came into the tourney 22-12.

Indiana – Well, that heartbreaking loss at Minnesota may have been the final nail in the coffin for both their tournament chances, and Tan Tommy.

Rhode Island – HOW DO YOU SCORE ONLY 43 POINTS…AT HOME…AGAINST FORDHAM?  HOW?

LAST FOUR IN

Clemson, Seton Hall, Providence, Wake Forest

NEXT NINE

Illinois State, Kansas State, Marquette, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Georgetown, Indiana

1-68

1 Seeds

1. Villanova (25-2)
2. Kansas (23-3)
3. Baylor (22-4)
4. Gonzaga (27-0)

2 Seeds

5. UNC (21-5)
6. Oregon (23-4)
7. Florida State (21-5)
8. Louisville (21-5)

3 Seeds

9. Duke (21-5)
10. Arizona (24-3)
11. UCLA (23-3)
12. Florida (21-5)

4 Seeds

13. Kentucky (21-5)
14. Purdue (21-5)
15. Butler (20-6)
16. West Virginia (20-6)

5 Seeds

17. Virginia (18-7)
18. Maryland (22-4)
19. Cincinnati (22-3)
20. Notre Dame (20-7)

6 Seeds

21. SMU (23-4)
22. Creighton (21-5)
23. Wisconsin (21-5)
24. S. Carolina (20-6)

7 Seeds

25. USC (21-5)
26. Northwestern (19-7)
27. VCU (21-5)
28. St. Mary’s (22-3)

8 Seeds

29. Dayton (20-5)
30. Xavier (18-8)
31. Minnesota (19-7)
32. Virginia Tech (18-7)

9 Seeds

33. Iowa State (16-9)
34. Oklahoma State (17-9)
35. Michigan (17-9)
36. Michigan State (16-10)

10 Seeds

37. Syracuse (16-11)
38. California (18-7)
39. Miami (17-8)
40. Arkansas (19-7)

11 Seeds

41. TCU (17-9)
42. Clemson (14-11)
43. Seton Hall (16-9)
44. Wichita State (23-4)
45. M. Tennessee State (23-4)

12 Seeds

46. Providence (16-11)
47. Wake Forest (15-11)
48. Nevada (20-6)
49. Monmouth (23-5)
50. Akron (22-4)

13 Seeds

51. UNC Wilmington (23-5)
52. UT-Arlington (19-6)
53. Vermont (24-5)
54. Princeton (15-6)

14 Seeds

55. Valparaiso (21-5)
56. Belmont (19-5)
57. E. Tennessee State (21-6)
58. UNC Asheville (21-7)

15 Seeds

59. Florida Gulf Coast (21-7)
60. Bucknell (20-8)
61. N. Dakota State (17-9)
62. CSU Bakersfield (18-7)

16 Seeds

63. Texas Southern (14-11)
64. UC-Davis (16-9)
65. Weber State (15-8)
66. NC Central (19-6)
67. Stephen F. Austin (14-11)
68. Mount St. Mary’s (14-14)

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